Lockdowns. Working from home. Home schooling or online classes for students.
More people are staying at home than ever. And so, more people need self-protection strategies to stay safe and gain peace of mind.
Whether you suddenly find yourself working at home alone or have a passel of kids who are home with you 24/7, it’s important to think a bit more about your safety and security these days. There will be fewer people around to protect you from crime, so you need to be prepared.
That doesn’t mean you have to be fearful. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In fact, increasing protection for yourself and your family now will make you feel more confident that you can handle just about any threatening situation, should it arise.
Besides always being alert for strange people, sounds or occurrences, you can also protect yourself and your home with some basic and affordable home-security and home-defense items. Read on to learn about some easy options with this stay-at-home safety and security guide from SABRE.
Your home really should be your castle. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, there are many options available to keep the bad guys away.
You see, most criminals are opportunists. Like predators in the wild, they prey on the weak. In the case of houses, apartments and other human dwellings, that means most crooks will be looking for a place that is easy to get in and out of, without attracting any notice from residents, neighbors or passersby.
How you defend your home will depend on where you live. For instance, you’ll want to take a slightly different approach for a house in the suburbs compared to an apartment in the city.
If you’re in a house, start by defending the perimeters of your yard. It really is true that good fences make good neighbors. But a fence will also discourage trespassers and burglars from even stepping on to your property.
Whether you have a fence in your front yard or not, yard security signs and security decals make a smart, affordable addition to discourage trespassers and break-ins. These signs warn crooks that you have guarded your home with an alarm system. Even if you don’t actually have alarms, there is no way for a stranger to know. The mere possibility will convince many criminals to move on to easier pickings.
Simply installing one or more yard signs on your property can ward off trespassers. Putting security stickers on your doors and windows will provide further discouragement to anyone who ignores or doesn’t see your yard sign. Security decals on windows and doors also are a great way to protect apartments and condos, and they’re a cinch to install. Just peel and stick.
A fake security camera provides another easy and inexpensive way to fake out criminals. Mount one or more outside vulnerable areas, such as doorways and alleyways, to deter thieves and intruders.
You can also put one or more realistic-looking dome cameras indoors to make thieves think twice if they do come inside. Again, most crooks will likely move on to an easier mark when they see one or more cameras outside or inside your home.
No one wants to take the time to closely inspect one of these cameras to see if it’s real or not. And of course no criminal wants to be recorded on video to establish a permanent record for later viewing by police officers investigating the crime.
These dummy cameras are available in a variety of styles and colors, so they will look good on your property while also guarding it.
Door and window alarms will notify you if someone is trying to get into your home. For even greater protection, consider a door-stop alarm. In addition to giving off a shrill noise, this product will prevent an intruder from pushing open a door.
A door security bar provides an even beefier defense against an intruder trying to get in. Look for one that works for a variety of entrances, including patio doors as well as hinged doors.
Despite all your precautions with home security products, it’s still possible — though not probable — you will have to deal directly with one or more intruders. The idea here is you want to hold off criminals until help can arrive. Sometimes the best defense really is a good offense.
To protect yourself and your loved ones in cases like this, it’s smart to have home-defense pepper sprays and home-defense pepper gels. Like your home insurance, these are products you hope you will never use. But bad things do happen sometimes. You will be glad you have them on hand if the need does arise.
These pepper gels and sprays are available in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can select the right one for your needs. Some versions, like the Pepper Spray Launcher Home Defense Kit, can fire pepper projectiles accurately up to 66 feet away. When they break upon impact, these projectiles will create a cloud that will cause a severe burning sensation to the face along with temporary blindness and fits of coughing and sneezing to temporarily incapacitate an aggressor. If you’ve never used pepper spray or gel and want to make sure you can deploy it effectively during what would be by definition a stressful situation, consider getting a practice kit.